It’s taken us six rounds but the Gallagher Premiership table is starting to look a little less crazy. Exeter are top of the table and Worcester and Irish are slipping back towards the relegation battle. Still half the teams have won half their games making bonus points critical. It’s still mighty tight allowing big moves up and down but it looks more recognisable.
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Bristol v Wasps – Bristol by 10
If you look at this from a historical point of view, there’s only one winner. However things have changed dramatically this season. Wasps have only won once this season where as Bristol are looking good for the playoffs. This should be a comfortable home win.
Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby – Northampton Saints by 3
Earlier this season this would have been an easy call. Three losses on the bounce for Saints in all competitions will really have dented their moral though. Gloucester picked up a good win last weekend and might have turned the corner. Last season they were the best of the rest and looking to kick-on this season.
I’m really torn. Can Saints bounce back from those losses or has their early season bubble really burst? Are Gloucester back to being that best of the rest or was last weekend demolition of Worcester an aberration?
I’ve gone with the home win but with no real confidence.
Bath v Sale Sharks – Bath by 3
A sequence is going to be broken. Both these sides have a LWLWLW record this season. Will we see a draw so they stay synchronous? I don’t allow myself to pick draws so I need to get off the fence. Both these sides had good wins last weekend that could be used to go on a run of good results. I think this one is right in the balance. Again I’m going to back home advantage, especially as Sale, historically, have a poor record on the road.
Worcester Warriors v London Irish – Worcester Warriors by 3
Two sides that I think we all expected to be in the lower part of the table. They had been making fools of us all by being in the top half. That however looks to have come to an end as they’ve slipped back to eighth and ninth. Both sides will have had this game targeted from pre-season, knowing that a win here would put the other in more trouble.
Both had heavy losses last weekend and it’s going to come down to which coach gets his side to bounce back best. As both sides are coming into this with such similar records I’m backing the home side just.
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers – Harlequins by 5
This is one of the easier games to call this weekend. Tigers have just been poor this season where as Quins look like one of those sides that nearly has things together. They have only had one game that hasn’t be decided by a score either way. It should be a comfortable home win but as Quins are still not clicking I think it will be a tighter home win instead.
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens – Exeter Chiefs by 3
Oh boy this is a grudge match. Saracens might not see it that way but Exeter certainly do. Exeter have been beaten in the Premiership final by Saracens three times in the last four years. Those are all years when Saracens have been found guilty of breaching the salary cap or in other words cheating.
Saracens on the other hand have looked galvanised by the whole salary cap thing. They have the best record in the Premiership and would be top if it weren’t for their points deduction.
Yup we have top vrs top form side in the league with plenty of story lines around it to fire up the players. Expect a very tetchy encounter and it could come down to the side that keeps it’s head better. I’m backing the home side but that is also my team so is it heart over head?
Record So Far
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